A recent study of 400 post-menopausal women published in the journal Nature, found that the higher women’s antioxidant status at menopause the fewer symptoms they experienced. Both physical and psychological symptoms were found to be significantly lower in women with higher dietary antioxidant intake. Antioxidants in the diet are abundantly available in fresh vegetables, fruit, nuts, tea and 80% dark chocolate. This is consistent with previous research showing that a high plant based, or Mediterranean style diet reduces menopausal symptoms. It’s suggested that the antioxidant benefits may occur via their anti-inflammatory & phyto-estrogenic effects, & blood sugar regulating actions. Dietary antioxidants may also regulate the stress response & protect brain cells from oxidative damage.
(Study - “Dietary total antioxidant capacity is inversely related to menopausal symptoms” Jnl Nutrition, 55–56, 161–167)
If you are having a challenging time with menopause call for a consultation with Sunshine Coast Nutritionist Karen Emans on 0408 748 532